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The Case for Trump

by Michael Doran interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Donald Trump has written a new narrative about the presidency—casting himself as hero, writes Hoover historian Victor Davis Hanson. Now the question is how this story ends.

The Politics of Pessimism

by David Davenportvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The so-called Green New Deal tells a tale of doom and gloom—not of the vibrant, growing America we actually live in.

On, Wisconsin!

by Bill Whalenvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Democrats hope that picking their presidential nominee in Milwaukee will boost their chances in the Midwest. Convention magic, however, is fickle.

Three Pillars of Wisdom

by Edward Glaeser interview with Raghuram Rajanvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

To restrain both arrogant rulers and reckless populists, Hoover economist Raghuram Rajan argues in his new book, we must restore strong local communities.

A Heavy, Quite Visible Hand

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Manipulated wages, housing shortages, rents set by government diktat—distortions abound. The market is a much better mechanism than government for matching supply and demand.

Debt and Taxes

by David R. Hendersonvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Despite rising budget deficits, few in Washington propose fiscal prudence. Instead, there are unconscionable proposals for vast new spending programs.

Checked and Unbalanced

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The Constitution blends political ideas into a harmonious whole. Modern partisan warfare, on the other hand, sharpens differences and dulls the harmony, and democracy suffers.

Tides of Humanity

by Larry Diamondvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Millions of people seek better lives by crossing borders, but many of those new lands are ill-prepared to receive them—or hostile toward them. But there are ways to deal with the demographic flood intelligently and humanely.

Is Reform Even Possible?

by Chester E. Finn Jr., David Steinervia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

It’s easy to get discouraged about the many stubborn obstacles to better schools. Thoughts on giving the system the jolt it needs.

What a Reformer Believes

by Michael J. Petrillivia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Improving education isn’t just one long policy battle. Reformers of all stripes can claim common ground and even—sometimes—common sense.

Law and Border

by Sharon Driscoll interview with Michael McConnellvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Can the president declare a national emergency to build his border wall? Stanford law professor and Hoover fellow Michael W. McConnell guides us across uncharted legal terrain.

Future Shocked

by Bruce Thorntonvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Silly nature myths and anti-capitalist posturing are neither new nor green nor a deal.

The GOP Needs Asian Voters

by Avik Roy, John Yoovia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Conservatives need to show a particular regard for the desires of Asian-Americans—including their desires for liberty and justice for all.

Progress and the Moral High Ground

by Shelby Steelevia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The culture war has left America’s minority groups where they started: held up as victims, held back from advancement. Conservatives have a great opportunity to scrap that old, failed narrative.

The Once and Future Anti-Semitism

by Clifton B. Parker interview with Russell A. Bermanvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Hoover fellow Russell A. Berman examines the modern motives beyond an ancient hatred.

“China Will Reclaim Its Greatness”

by Andy Fitch interview with Elizabeth Economyvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

China expert Elizabeth C. Economy analyzes a “third revolution” and a second coming: that of Mao Zedong, in the form of Xi Jinping.

Tempted by Technology

by Michael R. Auslinvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Huawei’s new wireless networks may drive a wedge between the United States and its close ally Britain. Is shiny new tech worth the risk of opening a door to Chinese spies?

Telecom Buyer, Beware

by Herbert Linvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

All telecom technology, not just Huawei’s, presents security risks. And all of those risks are potentially manageable.

Kim Already Has What He Wants

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Since peaceful change would threaten his very survival, Kim Jong Un is prepared to hold the world at gunpoint indefinitely.

Capital Punishment’s Dead End?

by Bill Whalenvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

California’s politicians no longer even pretend to support the death penalty. Who does support it? California’s voters.

The Ministry of Labor

by Lee Ohanianvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

A proposed law would dramatically interfere with businesses’ right to hire and promote whom they want. California doesn’t need this Orwellian regulation.

King of the Hill

by Jay Nordlinger interview with Charles Hillvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Hoover fellow and legendary Yale historian Charles Hill looks back on grand strategy and a grand life.

“It’s Not the End of the World”

by Peter M. Robinson interview with Bjorn Lomborgvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

We can handle rising temperatures—if only everyone would calm down and think. Hoover visiting fellow Bjorn Lomborg on climate change and sweet reason.

“Technology Always Becomes Something Else”

by Russell Robertsvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The age of artificial intelligence has already begun, says futurist Amy Webb, and a cascade of small changes will swell until “life is nothing like it was before.” The good news: people might finally decide what they want from tech, and what they will refuse to tolerate

The Audacity of Nope

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

It takes a special kind of chutzpah to compare the outrageous goals and impossible price tag of the Green New Deal with the components of the original New Deal.

Native Freedoms

by Terry Anderson, Wendy Purnellvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Indian tribes once had economies that helped them thrive, not merely survive. They must be allowed to reclaim their economic freedom, re-establish the rule of law, and reassert individual liberties.

Ideas Have Consequences

featuring Edwin J. Feulner, Jr.via Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Before he went on to run another great think tank, the Heritage Foundation, Edwin J. Feulner served as a fellow at the Hoover Institution—and has followed Hoover ever since. In this appreciation of Hoover’s first century, he explains how the institution has kept vigil, preventing the world, in Herbert Hoover’s own words, from slumping “back toward darkness.”

Solzhenitsyn Was Here

by Bertrand M. Patenaudevia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The celebrated Soviet exile came, did some research in the Hoover Archives, and began his scrutiny of the American scene. Notes on a memorable visitor.

On the Cover

via Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The fierce metal bear that guards the reading room of the Hoover Archives reminds visitors of a link between California—the former “Bear Flag Republic”—and Russia, where Herbert Hoover worked as a mining engineer in the early twentieth century.

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2013 No. 3

by George P. Shultz, Gary S. Becker, Michael J. Boskin, John F. Cogan, Allan H. Meltzer, John B. Taylor Monday, July 1, 2013
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by John H. Cochrane Monday, July 1, 2013
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by Lanhee J. Chen Monday, July 1, 2013
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by Morris P. Fiorina Monday, July 1, 2013
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by Scott W. Atlas Monday, July 1, 2013
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by Paul R. Gregory Monday, July 1, 2013
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by Richard A. Epstein Monday, July 1, 2013
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by Caroline M. Hoxby, Brooke Donald Monday, July 1, 2013
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by Gary S. Becker Monday, July 1, 2013
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by Gary S. Becker, Edward Paul Lazear Monday, July 1, 2013
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by Victor Davis Hanson Monday, July 1, 2013
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by Fouad Ajami Monday, July 1, 2013
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by Colonel Joseph (JP) McGee Monday, July 1, 2013
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by Natalia Reshetova Monday, July 1, 2013
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by Timothy Garton Ash Monday, July 1, 2013
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by George P. Shultz, William J. Perry, Henry A. Kissinger, Sam Nunn Monday, July 1, 2013
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by Kenneth Anderson Monday, July 1, 2013
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by Amy Zegart Monday, July 1, 2013
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by Thomas Sowell Monday, July 1, 2013
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by Peter M. Robinson Monday, July 1, 2013
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by Peter Berkowitz, Jennifer Rubin Monday, July 1, 2013
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by Mark Harrison Monday, July 1, 2013
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2013 No. 2

by Thomas Sowell Friday, April 26, 2013
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by Richard A. Epstein Friday, April 26, 2013
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by Edward Prescott, Lee Ohanian Friday, April 26, 2013
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by Edward Paul Lazear Friday, April 26, 2013
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by Michael Spence Friday, April 26, 2013
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by David R. Henderson Friday, April 26, 2013
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by Gary S. Becker Friday, April 26, 2013
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by John H. Cochrane Friday, April 26, 2013
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by Michael J. Boskin Friday, April 26, 2013
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by Scott W. Atlas Friday, April 26, 2013
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by Daniel P. Kessler Friday, April 26, 2013
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by David Davenport Friday, April 26, 2013
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by Peter Berkowitz Friday, April 26, 2013
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by Richard A. Epstein Friday, April 26, 2013
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by Larry Diamond Friday, April 26, 2013
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by Fouad Ajami Friday, April 26, 2013
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by Amy Zegart Friday, April 26, 2013
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by Thomas H. Henriksen Friday, April 26, 2013
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by Charles Hill Friday, April 26, 2013
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by Jeb Bush, Clint Bolick Friday, April 26, 2013
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by Chester E. Finn Jr. Friday, April 26, 2013
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by Victor Davis Hanson Friday, April 26, 2013
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by Antonin Scalia, Peter M. Robinson Friday, April 26, 2013
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by Gary S. Becker, Kevin M. Murphy Friday, April 26, 2013
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by Niall Ferguson Friday, April 26, 2013
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2013 No. 1

by John H. Cochrane Friday, January 25, 2013
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by Richard A. Epstein Friday, January 25, 2013
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by David Koitz Friday, January 25, 2013
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by Scott W. Atlas Friday, January 25, 2013
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by Daniel P. Kessler Friday, January 25, 2013
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by Yuri Yarim-Agaev Friday, January 25, 2013
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by Richard A. Epstein Friday, January 25, 2013
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by Rod Cooper, Richard A. Epstein, Stephen Haber Friday, January 25, 2013
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by John E. Chubb Friday, January 25, 2013
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by Terry M. Moe Friday, January 25, 2013
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by Chester E. Finn Jr. Friday, January 25, 2013
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by Amy Zegart Friday, January 25, 2013
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by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Alastair Smith Friday, January 25, 2013
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by Niall Ferguson Friday, January 25, 2013
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2012 No. 4

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by Michael McConnell Friday, October 26, 2012
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“Herr Himmler’s Agents”

by Benedetta Carnaghivia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

In 1941, a former minister and his “Friends of Democracy” began telling everyone who would listen that Hitler was out to subjugate not only Europe but America as well. A document in the Hoover Archives shows how Leon M. Birkhead tried to ferret out Nazi sympathizers and spies, while sounding prescient warnings of atrocities to come.

First Her Voice, then Her Vote

by Julie Zeilinger interview with Elizabeth Cobbsvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

Hoover fellow Elizabeth Cobbs tells the story of the “Hello Girls,” the pioneering female soldiers who handled communications on the Western Front during the First World War. Their service helped convince Americans that women deserved a seat at the political table.

New World Order, We Hardly Knew Ye

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

President Trump didn’t kill the postwar order. He just buried the corpse.

Lost in Space

by Bill Whalenvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

Former governor Jerry Brown shot for the stars. He should have aimed for Market Street.

“Slick, Seamless, and Popular”

interview with Markos Kounalakisvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

As foreign powers manipulate international journalism, Hoover fellow Markos Kounalakis looks for ways to distinguish news from propaganda.

Fables of the Unequal Outcome

by Peter M. Robinson interview with Thomas Sowellvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

Economic outcomes often differ greatly among individuals, groups, institutions and nations. Why? Because of unfair and unjust discrimination? Usually not. Hoover fellow Thomas Sowell on his new book.

Trade, Britannia

by Michael R. Auslinvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

Brexit-bound Britain thinks it can strike its own trade deal with China. Such deals never come cheap.

“The Problem Is Sovereignty”

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

Will Britain really leave the European Union, as Prime Minister Theresa May has promised? And if it does, what then? Lawmaker Daniel Hannan explains.

The Ghost of Weimar?

by Josef Joffevia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

Germany today possesses peace, prosperity, democracy—and episodic violence like that which led to the rise of the Nazis. A report from the heart of Europe.

Mao’s Road to Serfdom

by Russell Roberts interview with Frank Diköttervia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

Mao Zedong’s ambition to outshine Stalin led to waves of starvation, a grotesque and unworkable economy, and war against his own people. Hoover fellow Frank Dikötter on the Great Leap Forward, which was neither great nor forward.

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